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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Uses National Defense Strategy as Framework for FY 2019 Budget Request

Patrick Shanahan

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the National Defense Strategy was instrumental in the development of the Pentagon’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

“Tomorrow morning about nine o’clock eastern standard time, I’ll be sitting with the chairman and the secretary, signing off the implementation guidance that goes along with this (budget),” Shanahan said Tuesday at the AFCEA-USNI WEST conference in San Diego, California.

“We’re going to deliver the budget on time (with) Defense Planning Guidance (and) financial guidance,” he added.

He noted that the department tackled every area of the budget request in support of the strategy.

Shanahan told reporters the strategy seeks to introduce reforms to the U.S. military’s force deployment efforts and DoD’s cybersecurity standards.

DoD issued in January the National Defense Strategy that aims to address the “re-emergence of long-term strategic competition” and expand the competitive space through three lines of effort.

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